Need New Rain Gutters?

In marriages, the art of negotiation is crucial, and persuasion is a skill required to build a life with someone. No matter how compatible you and your partner are, or how similar your values are, you will disagree on some issues at a certain point. It could be as simple as deciding where to go for your weekend dinner date, or as serious as the fact that need to install new rain gutters.

In our Austin Mom Facebook group, a mom wrote:

Setting BoundariesAbout 4 years ago, we purchased a family farmhouse in the Hill Country.  When we got the house inspected, the inspector pointed out a few brackets in which gutters had separated and told us that “it was fine” because gutters are difficult to maintain and we “didn’t need them anyway”. Since then, we’ve had numerous water leaks, which include moldy drywall and flooring replacement in a finished room. At some point, all four sides have been dampened or flooded. Water has also caused some damage to our siding and some window frames. When I mention gutters, my husband says the “expert” told us we didn’t need them because they are difficult to clean and cause ice dams. How can I persuade him that they will do more good rather than harm?

So I thought I’d consult some different rain gutter “experts” and see what they had to say.

How Do You Know if You Need New Gutters?

Your downspouts and gutters have always been ready to direct damaging stormwater away from your home. Even if yours has provided decades of dependable, mostly trouble-free service, every installation has an expiration date. Even though most gutters can last for 20 years, you may need to replace them at some point, particularly if they’ve been looking a bit worse for wear recently.

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Water will cascade chaotically from the eaves of your roof if your gutters are damaged, filled with leaves, or separated from the downspout, causing erosion in the ground underneath and puddling all over your foundation. Water flows effectively through a drainage system when your gutters are stable and operating correctly, directing it away from your residence and out of harm’s way.

The seams and where two horizontal sections meet are generally the most vulnerable parts of a standard gutter system. In these areas, leakage and separations are more likely. A professional can sometimes repair gutter seam damage. You can, however, avoid this issue by investing in premium seamless gutters.

Why You Need Gutters

Remember that obstructed or leaking gutters frequently result in peeling paint and rotten fascia boards. There are several indicators that your gutters need to be replaced:

  1. Water channels are starting to form in the landscaping, and parts of it are eroding or washing away.
  2. Rather than being level, your gutters are sagging, pulling away from your house, hanging down, or starting to lean more towards the front.
  3. Your gutters are dented, bent, or even have holes or cracks that are unsalvageable.
  4. There is water in your gutters. This is a sure sign of gutter failure.
  5. Gaps can be seen between gutter connections as well as between gutters and the fascia boards to which they are attached.
  6. Foundation issues in your home.
  7. Your house’s paint is peeling,
  8. You come across nails or broken fasteners on the ground.

Seamless Gutters

Seamless gutters are made of a single piece of metal that is custom-fit to your roof. It means their size is more precise, allowing them to divert water away from your residence more efficiently.

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Seamless gutters will be visually appealing on either a commercial or residential roofing system. This type of gutter has a smooth and stylish appearance, and it lacks the joints found in sectional gutter systems. If you intend to sell your house in the future, it is beneficial to invest in these seamless gutters.

How to Convince your Husband

Your husband may be unaware that something as insignificant as clogged gutters can have a detrimental effect on your home. Clogged gutters can allow water to spill over the side, causing foundation damage, structural problems, mildew, and mold. Seamless gutters are costly, but these problems are worse, costing you thousands of dollars in damages.

You and your husband may not be planning to sell your home right now, but what about in the future? It’s never too early to start working on increasing the value of your home. Making changes now will result in a higher home value, which could also help you attract higher bids from intrigued homebuyers. Inform your spouse that upgrading your gutter are effective ways to boost the value of your home, as these are the areas that buyers pay the most attention to.

Remodeling, like relationships, requires compromise. Simply put, it would be unjust if your home’s aesthetic was entirely focused on you. But just because you’re compromising, it doesn’t mean you’re doomed. Instead, consider it an opportunity to reassess your remodeling requirements.

Sure, a contractor can use their expertise to smooth over any squabbles, but he or she isn’t there to hear about your relationship woes. Instead of complaining to your contractor about your husband’s lack of interest in gutters, seek their professional advice when the two of you need it.